Today I'm excited to post the first snippet from the first book in my and Zee Monodee's co-written Eternelles series, INESCAPABLE. Eternelles means the Eternal ones in French, and this is what the entire series is all about - two immortal who fight Evil and search for mysteries from their past. The entire series is written entirely in the two points of view of the women.
On the one hand, you have Adrasteia "Adri" Dionysios - written by Zee Monodee - a tough woman who has lived for close to three millenia. She is the daughter of a Greek god, a wealthy heiress, trained and powerful warrior, sultry temptress, and finally, in her most important role of all - a mother who'd do anything to protect her daughter. Motherhood is, to Adri, the toughest job of all. Zee Monodee discusses her character on her blog today - make sure you check it out!
On the other hand, there's Seraphine "Sera" Dionysios - my character - a young woman who literally fell in Adri's arms as a baby in 1887. What makes this whole thing extraordinary apart from the fact that this baby just appeared out of thin air? She was wrapped in fire but didn't burn. Well, Sera is quite the unique creature - she's part phoenix, part gypsy, and in her twenties, became part vampyre. Aside from this information, her origins are shrouded in mystery and the purpose of the whole series is to solve this puzzle. What is the purpose of Sera's existence?
Those who know Zee and me will find it funny that I wrote the younger character, while Zee wrote the mother, as in real life I am much older than my co-writer (by how much, I won't say... shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! lol)
The series will take the format of a TV show. You have episodes and seasons and one leads into the other. There is a beginning and an end, a main story arc and different subplots that will be given due attention.
Sera and Adri live in Shadow Bridge, a magical town located between DC and NYC where all kinds of supernatural creatures live - separated from the human world by a veil. In this town is a portal that always needs to be closed but Evil has other plans...
Lots of interesting characters live in Shadow Bridge, and we had incredible fun writing them!
Then you have the men, of course, the exotic Rafe Harcourt, vampyre, who changed Sera's life forever; and Des Roxburgh - a fascinating creature who cannot really be pegged, at least until Adri decides to investigate :).
INESCAPABLE is scheduled for release in May. Here's what it's about:
An immortal born from an unlikely alliance...
Beautiful mythic Greek heiress Adrasteia 'Adri' Dionysios has roamed the world for millennia, taking her pleasure where she wanted. Until one night, when Fate drops a baby wrapped in fire into her arms. Motherhood is a formidable challenge, but so is figuring out the identity of a mystery man who makes her pulse race.
A vampyre’s obsession…
Seraphine 'Sera' Dionysios' origins are shrouded in mystery. Torn between a mother whose blood saved her life, and a man who now possesses her soul, the only thing Sera can still cling to is her heart.
One rule matters above all others: Always protect the portal…
When Evil comes to Adri and Sera’s hometown of Shadow Bridge, a place where the mortal human world ends and the supernatural realm starts, it’s up to them to stop a prophecy as old as time itself...or die trying.
Below is a snippet showing the first lines in my character's point of view - Sera Dionysios...
“Why do you torture yourself like this? Every year it’s the same thing all over again. Put something on and come to the gala with me. We’re in New York City! Get your mind off of that.”
No. It’s April fifteenth, and that’s the problem.
From the elegant couch where her feet in the woolen green and white striped bed socks dangled off the armrest, Séraphine ‘Sera’ Dionysios cast a bored glance at her mother, Adri, who pointed with vehemence at the forty-two inch wall-mounted television. The movie Titanic blared in full swing on the screen.
A stark plea echoed in the cultured voice that still carried a lilting French accent, despite decades—no, centuries—of living in England. The pain-filled summon traveled over the gilded picture frames and high-end Louis XV furniture of the Backhouse Royal Hotel penthouse suite upon waves of tension, resentment, and grief that hit Sera right in the gut.
Her mother could not know that her words had driven home, though. Adri shouldn’t know what went on inside her daughter’s lost heart right then. Anything but that. So while Sera, upper body propped by three king-size goose down pillows, stuffed herself with a beastly slice of triple chocolate cake, she returned her gaze to the screen in an act of absolute masochism. Atonement, as she saw it—the kind that never ended, no matter how much time passed. A crucial scene she couldn’t miss. Jack was in the act of drawing a voluptuous, naked Rose in one of the movie’s most sensual moments. A budding love, a painfully intimate snapshot. She could almost smell the scent of their desire as strongly as the liquor in her moist cake.
Rose watched him die in the end, but at least she was with him. Until that last breath, she was with him…
Hope you enjoyed the little excerpt! If you did, look out for more in the coming weeks!
~ Natalie G. Owens ~
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